Ashes 2017-18

Ashes 2017-18: Root raise England hopes of a miracle victory in Adelaide

[caption id="attachment_59219" align="alignnone" width="580"]Root England captain Joe Root on his way to an unbeaten 67* on the fourth day of the Day Night Ashes test at Adelaide. Image Source:twitter@icc[/caption]

Internet Desk: An inspirational knock from Joe Root (67*) have raised hopes of a miracle England win against Australia in the second Ashes Day Night test match at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.  England at stumps on Day 4 is 176/4, still requiring 178 runs more with six wickets in hand. Root is batting with night watchman Chris Woakes on five.

The highest successful chase in the fourth innings at the Adelaide Oval is 315 for six by Australia against England in 1902.

The hosts after dominating for the first three days, finds themselves in a tricky situation as the match can swing in favour of any team on the final day tomorrow.

The England captain had some nervous moments as a loud shout for leg before off Lyon was turned down as the review showed the ball going over the stumps. It was the first review gone wasted for the hosts.

Australia then lost their second and last review in the 43rd over when Dawid Malan survived an lbw challenge on three off Josh Hazlewood, with the ball again tracked as going over the stumps.

Adding to Smith's anxiety, he also dropped Malan on eight in a sharp one-handed attempted catch at slip off Lyon.

Earlier in the day the hosts were knocked over for 138 runs off 58 overs at tea, after resuming the day at 53/4. England's all-time leading wicket-taker Anderson took five for 43 - his first five-wicket haul in Australia - while fellow paceman Woakes captured four for 36.

Usman Khawaja and Starc were joint top scorers with just 20 each in Australia's modest second innings.

Chasing a victory target of 354 runs, England lost openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman before the dinner break. Lyon won a successful lbw review to remove Cook (16), ending a 53-run opening stand with Stoneman, who was snapped up in the gully for 36.

The next English batsman to depart was Vince who was beaten by a pitched-up Mitchell Starc delivery, getting a big nick to Peter Handscomb at slip for 15. Malan put on 78 with Root before he was bowled by Pat Cummins for 29.

Australia are 1-0 ahead in the series .

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